Playwright Ike Holder will serve as Guest Curator for Collaboraction's Sketchbook: 2049 (photo courtesy of Collaboraction).

Continuing with its new "incite change" mission, Collaboraction will present Sketchbook: 2049, a rapid-fire, raucous festival of 17 world premiere theater pieces ranging from under a minute to 20 minutes in length, all set in a positive post-apocalypse and reflective of contemporary society's current challenges.    

Collaboraction's annual Sketchbook festival was conceived, as the company’s press release noted, to break “down the walls that divide theater, music, visual art, video and the internet.” Selected from hundreds of submissions, Sketchbook once again brings together the collective talents of more than 150 pioneering and established directors, designers, actors, musicians and artists from Chicago and around the country for two creative programs packed with experimentation and celebration.

This year, Sketchbook transports audiences to the year 2049, a post-apocalyptic world of regeneration and birth, where 17 shows from the past have been unearthed to reveal how we lived before the “Revolution.” Chicago-based playwright Ike Holter (Hit the Wall, Loom and B-Side Studio) will serve as the festival’s Guest Curator. The festival features new works by Caitlin Parrish, The New Colony, Usman Ally, Seth Bockley and Holter, himself, in a collaboration with director Dexter Bullard.   

Sketchbook: 2049 runs May 22 - June 15, 2014 at Collaboraction, located in the historic Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Room 300, in Wicker Park. The pieces are split into Program A: Reflection and Program B: Echo and they run in repertory with both programs performed each Saturday.

For more information or to purchase tickets and All-Access passes online, visit or call 312.226.9633.   

Collaboraction to "Incite Change" with Sketchbook: 2049 Festival